17 2020


19 2020

Life after Liberation: The Continuance of Violence

Join Chhange and the New Jersey Council of Holocaust Educators as we explore Survivor experiences after Liberation. As this year's commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Liberation and the end of World War II come to a close, this workshop invites educators to reflect on the continuance of violence long after the arrival of Allied soldiers.

Keynote Address
Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 pm EDT
Dr. Joanna Sliwa

Join us Tuesday for Dr. Sliwa's keynote talk about the Soviet occupation of Poland after World War II. Dr. Sliwa will share her research on the removal and return of Jewish children from Catholic organizations and foster families that hid them during the Holocaust, as well as the experiences of Jewish communities throughout Poland after Liberation.

Dr. Sliwa is a historian of the Holocaust and Polish Jewish history, and an educator. She works as Historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).

Previously, Dr. Sliwa worked as Project Specialist in the Archives Department at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and as Assistant Manager of FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Panel Discussion: Wolfgang Elsner & Howard Dorman
Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 pm EDT

Wolfgang Elsner is a Child Survivor of the Holocaust and the child of a "mixed" marriage between his Christian mother and Jewish father. Immediately after his birth in 1942, his parents rushed to have him baptized in order to save his life and his father's life. Together, the Elsners survived the Holocaust in Berlin but after Liberation, suffered through the Soviet occupation of Berlin. Wolfgang will share his family's experiences and journeys along with his memories of growing up in the shadow of Liberation.

Howard Dorman, President of Chhange's Board of Directors, is the son of Holocaust Survivors Ellen Weiner Dorman & Victor Dorman. He will share his parents' testimonies, including his mother's experiences in the immediate aftermath of Liberation, as well as his personal memories and experiences.

After the panel discussion, join Chhange staff for a hands-on discussion of how to integrate virtual educational resources about life after Liberation into the classroom.

For more information about the Council for Holocaust Educators, please contact Colleen Tambuscio at

Sponsor: The New Jersey Department of Education & the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education